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Corpus Christi ISD reports 217 new COVID-19 cases in students, staff this week

Since school began on August 10, 1,622 students and 165 staff have tested positive for COVID-19.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Corpus Christi ISD reported 217 new COVID-19 cases in the district between Tuesday, Sept. 7 and Thursday, Sept. 9 . The district is now reporting 1,787 cases of COVID-19 since school began. That breaks down to 1,622 students and 165 staff members that have tested positive since school began on August 10, according to the CCISD case count webpage.

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Citing high numbers in schools, CCISD began requiring masks on all district property on August 26. Parents were able to "opt-out" of the mandate. It is unclear how many parents signed the opt-out form, which was due by Monday, August 30.  

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The district also said they will begin to notify parents when someone in their child's classroom tests positive for COVID-19. This will replace the daily campus count letters to parents, CCISD said. 

The district continues to encourage those 12 and older to get vaccinated for the virus. 

The CCISD has also partnered with the City-County health district to bring vaccination clinics to their campuses.

"We have partnered with the city and county, working very closely with them to set up vaccination clinics all across our district so our middle school and high school campuses will be visited during the month of September,” said Arismendi.

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